by Lyndsay Hart
on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 at 12:57pm.
Nova Scotia's Heritage Day – 2020 – Africville
The third Monday of February each year brings us our Provincial Heritage Day. This day is our annual reminder to bring people together to honour the remarkable people, events and places in Nova Scotia’s History. This year’s Heritage Day recognizes Africville. This day also happens to fall on the 10th Anniversary of the apology to Africville. Africville holds great significance to our African Nova Scotian Community.
This day will bring light to the tragic story of displacement of and discrimination against the people of Africville. It will also bring light to the incredible sense of community, pride and heritage that the former residents of Africville still share to this day. This pride and heritage is something to celebrate and remember. You can learn more about this tragic story here or here.
In 2004, the United Nations declared the treatment and destruction of Africville a crime against humanity. Six years later, as a part of the apology to the former residents of Africville (2010), there was a settlement provided from all three levels of government. Part of the settlement was used to rebuild a replica of the Seaview Church which now stands as the Africville Museum.
If you are fortunate enough to have the day off, you should take some time to visit the museum in Africville. The museum will be holding events on the morning of February 17, 2020:
10:00am – “Sliding Through Africville” event in the Africville Park
11:00am – Special dedication and announcement at the Africville Museum
* There will also be a special ceremony honouring Africville at the Halifax International Airport at 2:00pm.
There are several additional ways to celebrate the heritage of Africville. Such as spending time with your family and friends throughout HRM. After the events are finished at the Africville Museum, you could head out all over the city for some fun family friendly events. The following is a list of activities going on during Heritage Day 2020:
Celebrate one year of the Zatzman Sportsplex with us on Heritage Day! Enjoy a FREE SKATE and fun in the gymnasium with bouncy castles and a free throw competition! We'll be serving up cake and Kitchen Door will have a hot chocolate station. Bring your own skates and indoor sneakers for the gymnasium!
Galaxy Bounce Party: laser tag, RC racer, rock hero, board games, glitter tattoos and more! Free admission and canteen on site.
Free Heritage Day Bowling at the Bowlarama, Bayers Road, 3:30pm-5:30pm
Join MLA Patricia Arab and MLA Lena Metlege Diab for some family fun. They will be hosting Free Family Bowling at the Bowlarama Bayers Road. There will be popcorn and drinks while supplies last. If there is a large turnout bowling will be done in two shifts of 3:30-4:30p and 4:30-5:30p.